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"Barack Obama, The Story" by David Maraniss

When writing about the life of Barack Obama, it's hard to say much that's new. Gifted authors, including the man himself, have been telling his story for years. They have considered his search for racial identity (Obama's memoir Dreams from My Father), his political career (David Mendell's From Promise to Power), his place in the history of black leadership after the civil rights movement (David Remnick's The Bridge) and his mother's influence on his worldview (Janny Scott's A Singular Woman). Any addition to that canon has to bring an element of novelty. In Barack Obama: The Story, Washington Post journalist and...

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